15 days in Des Moines & Chicago Itinerary

15 days in Des Moines & Chicago Itinerary

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1
Des Moines
— 5 nights
2
Chicago
— 9 nights

5
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid), Central Gardens of North Iowa (in Clear Lake) and Mason City (Historic Park Inn Hotel & Stockman House Museum). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, stroll through Saylorville Trail, hike along Brown's Woods, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip itinerary maker app.

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Des Moines dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Knoxville, Mason City, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, High Trestle Trail, Central Gardens of North Iowa
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Saylorville Trail ©
Saylorville Trail
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

9
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Grosse Point Lighthouse (in Evanston) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and stroll around Millennium Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago itinerary site.

Fly from Des Moines to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Chicago sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Grosse Point Lighthouse, Horseshoe Hammond, Cantigny Park
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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